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#19-Web U.S. Higher Education

November 02, 2002

LTA Overview

In the past seven days how many of you have become acquainted with a new Website that you immediately made one of your favorites so that you could return it often or on occasion to find important information? Perhaps the frequency of finding these special URLs is not what it was several years ago or so when everything was so new, but my experience is that new sites can be found if one is willing to look.

Credits

Charles J. Ansorge
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cansorge@unl.edu

One such site that is worth saving because it provides access to contact information was created by the University of Texas. At this site it is possible by following appropriate links to get access to the home pages of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities throughout the United States.

How many times have you wanted to find the e-mail address or the telephone number of a colleague on a different campus? The need for such information varies from person to person, but if you are one of those individuals who would be interested in where you should go then please read on.

The focus for this LTA of the Week differs from previous ones that have been posted thus far. Most all of the previous LTAs have focused on teaching/learning application of information technology  that contributed to important changes in teaching and/or learning. It’s not that we have exhausted all of these applications. Instead, it makes sense to share information that may not directly impact teaching and/or learning, but may still be related.

Have you thought about how much time you spend searching for information on the Web at a time when the time may have better focused on the preparation for a class? And perhaps that time was looking for a colleague at Notre Dame or Southern California or the University of Nebraska who might be able to give you an answer to a question about a topic you wish to address in one of your classes. This LTA of the Week will help speed up that process for you.

The Website that is the home for this special search tool is:
http://easi.cc/workshop.htmhttp://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/

Searching For Contact Information

An example will be shown below of how this site may be used to find contact information for a colleague. Let’s assume there was interest in contacting me because you wished to submit an idea for a future LTA of the Week. You knew my name and you knew that I worked at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln but had no other information about me. Let’s see how many steps might be involved in finding information regarding my e-mail address and also my telephone number.

First, let’s take a look at a screen shot of the Web site. We see a number of links including one for doing a search by state.

 Clicking on this link takes us to a new page where a listing of all of the states may be found. You knew I worked at the University of Nebraska so let’s click on the Nebraska link.

 Another page is displayed that contains links to all of the colleges and universities located in Nebraska including the four associated with the University of Nebrask System of which Lincoln is a part. We select the link for the Lincoln campus.

A portion of this Home Page for the University of Nebraska now appears. The name Ansorge has been placed in the search box on this page to obtain my personal information. Let’s see what appears when we conduct the search for this name.

Jackpot! Information is now available for reaching me including my telephone number, my office location, and my e-mail address.

The process of obtaining information regarding faculty may differ from campus to campus, but it is likely that many institutions will make it possible for you to find personal contact information for a colleague.

The process described above required five mouse-clicks to learn about my contact information. Are there any faster ways? Actually Google could be used to get the same information and even with a one or two fewer mouse-clicks, but this information described above is still valuable because there are undoubtedly some colleagues who may not be found so easily via Google or some other search engine.

My favorites include this University of Texas site. Consider adding this site to your list of favorites, too.

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